Top Headlines for 10/19

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Child Welfare

Officials with the Clark County (Las Vegas) Department of Family Services want to better monitor the use of psychotropic medications in the system, reports Kristi Jourdan of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Week, following Michael Petit’s column asking why the U.S. is so bad when it comes to child abuse statistics, presents five theories in response to Petit’s question.

Nebraska’s child welfare ombudsman briefed the legislature’s Health and Human Service Committee on what foster parents and biological parents think about child welfare services in the privatization era, reports JoAnne Young of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Education/Jobs

Not sure who asked him if this was happening, but a Federal Reserve economist said in an analysis that video games are not to blame for high youth unemployment, reports Arthur Delaney of the Huffington Post.

The Occupy Wall Street movement raises some legitimate issues, but student loan debt isn’t one of them, blogs Art Carden of the Christian Science Monitor.

For-profits colleges will be front and center if and when Congress takes up student loans, reports Dennis Cauchon of USA Today. Included with the piece is an excellent map graphic showing the student loan default rates in each state. The highest is Arizona with nearly 16 percent defaults; North Dakota has the lowest rate at about 3.4 percent.

Juvenile Justice

A Mississippi county has transferred control of its juvenile detention facility to the sheriff’s office, reports WAPT.com.

Pretty cool: Google News has posted in its archive the 1967 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on In re Gault, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that forced states to offer more protections to juveniles accused of crimes, including the right to counsel.

Miscellaneous

As Illinois struggles to pay its bills, reports Sophia Tareen of Bloomberg Businessweek, nonprofits are getting stuck with the burden in a lot of situations.